Design Wisconsin 2024

It's back! We are #StoutProud to announce the 3rd Annual Design Wisconsin - hosted by Milwaukee Tool!
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May 18, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Tool Headquarters
551 N 5th St., Milwaukee, WI 53203

Participants at the 2024 Design Wisconsin Event attend the opening remarks.
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Celebrate Wisconsin's Legacy of Industrial Design Innovation.

UW-Stout Industrial Design and School of Art & Design are sponsoring the 3rd Annual Design Wisconsin event showcasing the impacts of Industrial Design on Wisconsin's Culture, Commerce, Community and Brand—Past, Present, and Future.

It is a little known secret that Wisconsin is a hub for product innovation - our mission is to showcase and celebrate prominent Wisconsin-based Industrial Design teams and their work. We hope this format will inspire participants and strengthen connections within our Industrial Design community, as well as cultivate new ones!

The event includes an open house of major Wisconsin Design/Manufacturer groups.  In the past, these have included TREK, Milwaukee Tool, Kohler, Mercury Marine, Polaris, Fiskars, Oshkosh and many more. There will be a keynote address by Milwaukee Tool and potentially other visiting dignitaries. The event also features the Milwaukee Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America presenting 2024 Student Merit Awards and student work.

The show is a FREE event on May 18, 2024, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Milwaukee Tool's downtown headquarters in Milwaukee, WI.

Register for Design Wisconsin!

Although this is a free event we request that attendees sign up ahead of time.

Event Schedule

9:00 a.m. | Design & Product Showcase Opens

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Student Portfolio Reviews (Registration Required)

1:00 p.m. | Welcoming Remarks: UW-Stout Industrial Design Department & Milwaukee Tool

1:30 p.m. | Design Talks (Speakers TBD)

5:00 p.m. | The End!

Participating Organizations

The real stars of the show will be the Wisconsin-based Industrial Design teams in attendance to display their works and talk shop! Check out the companies who have previously displayed their latest and greatest works in a mini-tradeshow format.

Design Wisconsin participating brands

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